When Jean-Francis Pécresse sits down to write and tell us about the year just gone, it brings back his memories of "absolute terror" and of "relief". The final year of his conversion to organic agriculture has been an "emotional rollercoaster". As well as achieving, in 2020, certification that is the culmination of three years' hard work, the 4.5ha vineyard has been entirely restructured, with the aim of slightly increasing the proportion of Cabernet Franc, a variety that Pécresse finds especially suited to his limestone soils. These are brave decisions that have, since 2017, significantly reduced the production of Canon Pécresse.
This long-term project, supported by Stéphane Derenoncourt, has helped the vines resist several episodes of extreme weather - both frost and heat. Thanks to the cereals that now grow in the vineyards in both summer and winter, the vines have found new micro-cavities in the rocks through which to send down roots that can extract nourishment from the soil.
In the end, the ripening period was free of problems right to the end, which resulted in a very calm harvest: "The 2019 harvest was a great relief for me: the grapes were some of the best I've ever harvested, in perfect health and decent quantity... and the pressed juice was extraordinarily rich in colour and aroma," concludes Pécresse.
Surface : 4,5 ha
Soils : calcareous and calcareous-clay
Grapes : 90% of merlot, 10% of cabernet franc